House of Reps Scandal Lawmakers deny soliciting prostitutes in US

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wo members of the House of
Representatives, Mohammed
Garba Gololo (Bauchi) and Mark
Gbillah (Benue) have denied
allegations of improper conduct
levelled against them » by United
States Ambassador to Nigeria,
James Entwistle.
Gololo was alleged to have sexually assaulted a
housekeeper in his hotel room while Gbillah
and another lawmaker, Samuel Ikon (Akwa
Ibom) were accused of soliciting prostitutes.
According to New Telegraph, Entwistle
reported the matter to House of Reps
Speaker, Yakubu Dogara via a letter dated
June 9, 2016.
“This is an affront on the National Assembly
and Nigeria, it appears they have ulterior
motives. We are not going to take this lightly;
we will take legal actions against the US
government. It is a dent on our image,”
Gbillah said in response to the claims.
“I went on the trip with my wife and baby and
insisted that she stayed with me, but they told
me the accommodation was meant for only
participants…I saw the ambassador (Entwistle)
and went to greet him and he told me how a
few of us tarnished the image of the House. I
advised him to make it formal so that we can
know who was involved and what actually
“It was after this encounter that they called us
to their premises and said they were
identified by their accusers in a group picture.
This is curious. No video footage. They didn’t
accost us while we were in US. We suspect this
is a calculated attempt to rubbish the National
“We, the concerned members, have written to
the speaker indicating the facts and demanding
footage of our stay in the hotel. We also want
them to provide access to our accusers to
identify us. But most importantly, we would
be demanding compensation from the US
government for defamation of character,” he
Gololo is also said to have denied the claims
via a letter written to Dogara on June 13.
“Let me, from the outset, express my shock
and dismay at the contents of the letter
generally and particularly affects me,” he
wrote according to New Telegraph.
“These are totally false, unfounded and
baseless allegations against me. I categorically
deny any such incident happened, I never
grabbed any housekeeper nor did I solicit for
sex. I also take this issue very seriously not
only because I am a honourable member
representing a hallowed institution, but
because of my integrity as a husband and
father. How would my family and in-laws react
to these wild and grave allegations?
“I demand an apology and retraction of these
allegations or I shall not hesitate to engage the
services of lawyers and not only to clear my
name, but to seek redress for the damages
done to my reputation. I insist that evidence
of the allegations against me be produced,” he
Ikon was said to have turned off his phones
and as such was not available for comment.
The three legislators were among ten
Nigerians who visited Cleveland, Ohio on the
invitation of the US government to attend the
International Visitor Leadership Program
which held between April 7 and 13, 2016.

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